• The Greek god of mockery and ridicule, and subsequently ofclowns, who was banished from heaven for criticizing the other gods.When Zeus created man, Momus complained that he should have put awindow in his chest, so that men could look into each other's hearts.Momus frequently appeared as a character in the masque andharlequinade. In the 19th century the name was often usedas a synonym for clown; Joseph Grimaldi, for instance, calledhimself "the once Merry Momus."